6 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home

Reader Contribution by Aby League
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Reducing carbon footprint ultimately enables approximately six and a half billion people around the globe to achieve and maintain a sustainable lifestyle.  Putting in the effort to save Mother Earth may take some work; however, you’ll reap the fruits of your labor in the long run. Start by conducting a home check and regularly calculate your carbon footprint. Here are six more ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home.

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Avoid Leftovers

Kids look up to you as their role models when it comes to conserving food during meals. In developed countries, each person wastes about 20 percent of the total food supply. This contributes to the growing food waste thus increasing the level of carbon footprint right inside your home. Take time to explain to your kids the value of conserving food.

Watch Your Diet

Reduce your red meat and cheese consumption, because these foods contain carbon intensity 10 times the amount of whole grains or fruit. Maintain healthy living for you and your family by eating healthy, sustainable food that helps the environment.

Transact Online

One way to help reduce your home’s carbon footprint is by using less paper and tree-made products. Transact your retail and other service bills online, using the paperless billing option. Help make Mother Earth a better place to live in by preserving trees that aid you in maintaining a sustainable life.

Keep Worms and Compost

Worms are able to easily compost large amounts of kitchen waste. Worms are known to be much quicker at composting waste than the traditional method of composting. Compost is useful in the garden and for some house plants.

Plastic Bags Do More Harm Than Good

It can take approximately 1,000 years to decompose a single plastic bag. Use reusable cloth bags, and if you can’t avoid using plastic bags, reuse them as many times as you can.

Grow Your Own Food

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to grow your own food right in your backyard. Growing vegetables and fruits saves you money and you can be sure the food you are eating is free of harmful chemicals.

Remember, the amount of carbon footprint your household emits depends on how you maintain sustainability in your home. You can make a difference in your own carbon footprint by taking the initiative.

Aby League is a medical practitioner and an 
Elite Daily writer. She also writes about business and other topics of great interest. Follow her @abyleague and circle her on Google+.